Professional education with CPD is the go-to program for public diplomats and international communication professionals looking to sharpen their skillsets and analytical capabilities essential for success in today’s complex communication environment. Our forward-looking and solution-driven curriculum applies the latest social science research, critical thinking, storytelling tools and network-building opportunities designed to improve every aspect of the practitioners’ strategy to engage foreign audiences.

As part of our ongoing effort to expand training opportunities, we are delighted to launch a series of introductory workshops led by expert faculty on specialized topics, including the future of public diplomacy, public diplomacy during crisis, public diplomacy evaluation practices and cases, and an overview of digital and emerging technologies such as AR and VR.

These online workshops will be offered free of charge and provide a foundation for insights into greater public diplomacy impact.

Workshop schedule



Wednesday, May 13,
5:00pm–6:00pm (PT)

Foundations and Future of Public Diplomacy

Discuss enduring principles and future trends of public diplomacy with Nicholas J. Cull [WORKSHOP IS FULL]

Thursday, May 21, 8:30am–9:30am (PT)

Public Diplomacy During Crisis

A case study of public diplomacy in a crisis situation facing challenges of competing institutional priorities, diverse audiences and a complex global communication landscape with Vivian S. Walker [WORKSHOP IS FULL]

Wednesday, May 27, 5:00pm–6:30pm (PT)

Building Your Digital Storytelling Toolkit for Public Diplomacy

Introduces tools and tactics for mobile device to up your game in digital storytelling with Amara Aguilar [WORKSHOP IS FULL]

Thursday, June 4,
8:30am–9:30am (PT)

Understanding Public Diplomacy Evaluation

Learn some of the key ideas and examples of PD monitoring and evaluation with Jay Wang [WORKSHOP IS FULL]

Thursday, June 11, 9:00am–10:00am (PT)

Exploring Immersive Storytelling for Public Diplomacy

An overview of emerging technologies virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) to create public diplomacy experiences with Robert Hernandez [WORKSHOP IS FULL]

Who Should Apply

Our professional training programs are geared toward mid-career professionals posted in government agencies, including foreign affairs, defense and homeland security; intelligence agencies; non-governmental organizations; international organizations; and private-sector companies.

How to Apply

Please click here to complete the online application. We will confirm receipt of your application within 24 hours after you have registered, and you will receive a follow-up message after the admissions committee has reviewed your application. For additional information, please contact Stacy Ingber, Assistant Director for Programming & Events, at [email protected].

Language & Technical Requirements

All workshops will be conducted in English, and participants must have access to a stable internet connection. These workshops will be recorded and password protected. You will receive access information 24 hours prior to start time.